Virtual Teaching and Learning a Boon or Bane
Virtual Teaching & Learning Boon or Bane
One of the biggest discussions that are going on right now is whether online education is a boon or a bane?
Because of COVID-19, teaching and learning community suddenly find themselves forced to use technology. It’s essential to note down that there is no one size fits all when it comes to the teaching-learning process.
The following approach would help in creating an opening for active learner engagement with content and peers
Here are some simple ways you can make your sessions interesting. Give your learners ownership. So give them opportunities to make small choices, by asking learners for a simple Yes/No or multiple-choice responses using an app like Kahoot! or Quizlet, for instance.
Learners are attentive when asked for their views. You could also give students some choice in tasks or modes of presentation so that they may pursue not only what interests them, but also choose to use a graphic, audio or video response from them.
Sitting in the quiet of your home and teaching into a webcam can be a lonely experience. Especially when you don’t have a staff-room to visit between classes! However, the saving grace lies in being able to make the experience personal by connecting in some way with learners so that they’ll stay engaged. Thereby they will be willing to attend your next session.
Communicate clearly and frequently – Regular communication is more essential than ever
Seek feedback from the audience – keep your approaches fluid based on feedback
Empower learners with choices – choice boards are an effective way to differentiate
Set up or adjust institution guidelines – ensure students, families & staff know what to expect
Ensure Teacher wellbeing – effective leadership and communication are keys.
Keep your class connected – there are lots of creative ways to connect students
Benefits of online teaching
Flexibility: The classes can be conducted at a flexible time slot and it is easy to shift from one class to the next unlike as classroom teaching.
A relaxed environment to study: The students can accommodate anywhere which he/she feels a comfortable place to study.
Cost benefits: The online teaching-learning is of course a cost-benefit one. Apart from gadget and internet cost no additional expenses incurred in that.
Plenty of choices: The students can easily navigate from one lecture to other lecture based on their preference
Self-discipline: By joining the online classroom in the specified time and timely completion of assignments makes one’s self-discipline.
Documentation: All the materials shared will automatically save in drive; the students may concentrate only on learning. They don’t want to compile notes.
Benefits of classroom teaching
Importance of a Lecturer: The physical presence of a lecturer inside the classroom keeps the students inspired and makes them more attentive. The teacher could able to realize whether the students understand the topic if not there is a possibility to modify their teaching which is not possible in online teaching.
Collaborative learning: The classroom environment provides students shared learning with their friends which will transform the students into keen learners inside the classroom.
Critical thinking: This classroom environment enhances critical thinking and motivates the students to raise their views and involve themselves in constructive arguments.
Skill development: By having a hands-on exposure to the laboratory equipment and machinery they could understand the topic better than the online mode of learning.
Student-teacher relationship: We could see a better staff-student relationship and they could establish rapport with teachers only in classroom teaching.
Social Interaction: When the students are in the classroom, they could establish a social relationship with peers, develop team spirit and they could get exposure to interact among people with different cultural backgrounds.
The survey shown below listed some feedback collected from the students
1) Which part(s) of the presentation you like most?
In the Question which part(s) of the presentation you like most, 40% of the students replied with video content.
37% of students prefer the PowerPoint presentation, 14% of students with the explanation given on the content and the only a limited number of students liked animation and organization of the PowerPoint slides.
2) Do you think class covers the specified general and specific objectives?
In the survey of ‘Do you think class covers the specified general and specific objectives?’, 89% of students replied that the class always covers the specific and general objectives. Whereas 11% of students gave as sometimes.
3) Is the Presentation of the content is acceptable?
Students gave their feedback for the presentation of the content, 57% strongly agree with the content, 42% agree and 2% gave they are neutral with the statement.
4) Whether the content taught is relevant to the formative assessment?
For the question ‘Whether the content taught is relevant to the formative assessment?’ almost 40% of the students strongly agree with the statement and 60% agrees with the statement.
The conflict of online teaching-learning will be organized sooner than later due to the inherent transparency in this medium.
During this tough time, virtual education can be a boon but otherwise, I consider it as bane!!
- Which part of the presentation you like most: PRAVIN_MC
- Do you think class covers the specified general and specific objectives: PRAVIN_MC
- Is the Presentation of the content is acceptable: PRAVIN_MC
- Whether the content taught is relevant to the formative assessment: PRAVIN_MC
- E learning: https://ibtbd.net/e-learning-digital-boon-or-bane/